Danny is a musician, writer, and curator based in Pennsylvania, USA. Danny is the founder of both Grave Willow. and Curio Esoterica. After roughly one-and-a-half years of digital curatorial work, Grave Willow was formed after nights spent with the idea of establishing a multimedia space for the artistic work of his circle.
Danny’s primary media centers on contemporary musicianship. He places emphasis on improvisational forms, drawing inspiration from the traditions of blues, jazz, folk, and bluegrass. Danny has played and performed in a number of independent groups over a roughly 13-year period.
Curio Esoterica is a website and social media project dedicated to the curatorial exploration of global esoteric traditions. Curio Esoterica is “Eclectic Esoterica & Grist for the Mythopoetic Mill.” The project can be found via curioesoterica.com & @curio_esoterica
Marta is a visual artist based in Venice, Italy.
Marta was born in a town in the Italian province of Padua. Since childhood she has been dedicated to the visual arts. She enrolled in the Modigliani Art School where she graduated in 2015 with the address of Figurative Design.
In 2013 she came into contact for the first time with the engraving disciplines and the world of art printing at La Corte della Miniera in Urbino. This experience would lead to her enrollment at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice in the School of Graphic Art under the chair of Professor Andrea Serafini. Here, her artistic experience moves between various disciplines of graphics and printing, including: chalcography, xylography, screen printing and lithography; always progressing equally in the studies of the history of art, drawing, illustration and anatomy.
“… Her poetics have always brought out a passion for themes of the occult and esotericism, with a strong symbolic meaning through the most ancestral suggestions. The natural and symbolist element represent the pivots from which her graphic corpus develops, which branches out into the expressive means of engraving techniques and artistic drawing; with the prevalent use of black and white by means of a basically incisive sign, her work moves among the most archetypal images giving them a new identity — anchoring itself strongly to mythology, history, and poetry…”
In 2018 she obtained the 1st level Diploma in Graphic Art, choosing to extend her academic career in the two years of the same discipline. She also tries her hand with pure, self-taught, and amateur passion in digital and analog photography. Marta graduated from her academic study in 2021. Her inclusion in the Grave Willow project emerges from a shared fascination with duality, transformation, and myth.
Marta Polato can be found on instagram @__hedera__.
She can also be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org
Constantin is French artist based in Los Angeles. Chopin was was Born in Puyricard, a small village near Aix en Provence in the south of France. Constantin was introduced to Graphic Design at Cambridge’s School of Art, in the United Kingdom. Early tensions involved the discernment of associations and affinities for various histories and mythologies. In this regard, Chopin is something of a classicist, finding a veracity of expression in more ancient forms. As a creature of the modern, Chopin takes on a difficult task, which he describes as, “finding way to draw on these ancient influences in a way that finds relevance in contemporary and future-casted designs.” This emphasis on “future-casted designs” speaks to his multidimensionality as an artist: He is concerned not only with past forms and their relevance to the present, but for what how they both might shape future unfoldings.
Following his bachelor, Constantin spent a year in London honing creative, intellectual, and technical fundamentals. He did so by interfacing and working in various collaborative and visionary contexts. This involved the strengthening of associations with various artists, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs.
In 2016, Constantin desired carry his craft to the next level of academic engagement. This prompted him to begin his MFA in graphic design at ArtCenter College of Design in California, USA. Constantin accomplished his degree with vivacity and seriousness — an accomplishment which led to a feature in Graphic Design USA as one of the “Students to Watch 2019.”
Throughout his time at ArtCenter, Chopin revisited those ancient influences and developed his own creative philosophy. Using traditional and modern creative languages, Constantin employed a vast cultural heritage to nurture inspiration. From branding exercises and storytelling, to experiential installations, Chopin questioned and explored the space that exists between the physical and the digital. Now a faculty member at ArtCenter, Constantin shares his influences and thoughts on the nature and future of Creativity.
Constantin Chopin’s work can be found at https://hieros.io/